· Comfortable beds;
· Spa tubs in the bathrooms;
· Sublime public areas;
· Free WiFi;
· Free chauffeur service in a BMW750i after 7.30pm;
· Large rooms;
· The iPads which control everything in the rooms;
· The view of the Eiffel Tower from rooftop gourmet restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc.
· Unfriendly service (in a French hotel? Quelle surprise!);
· Inefficient service;
· The iPads which control everything in the rooms (not everyone finds them easy to operate);
· Poor spa treatments;
· Mediocre food at L’Oiseau Blanc.
The French reviews are more damning than the English ones, and it’s interesting that they focus their ire on poor/rude service – surely they should be used to it by now?! (Joke, kinda.)
Meanwhile, the Sunday Times reviewed it this weekend. Susan d’Arcy’s verdict: stunning public areas (“20,000 pieces of gold leaf have been applied throughout the hotel to create gilding that would have dazzled the Sun King himself”); and the L’Oiseau Blanc is “gorgeous” and has a nicely relaxed dress code. However, she didn’t like the Cantonese restaurant, LiLi (or its prices), and the rooms “are plush but underwhelming”.
Reading between the lines, we’re impressed by the tech side of the Peninsula – nail varnish dryers in the rooms, photos of the room service offerings on the iPad, oscillating Japanese toilets and, of course, free WiFi. However, we agree with Susan d’Arcy that the rooms look a little luxury-by-numbers in comparison to the astonishing public areas. The standard of service is obviously a problem (there are a couple of shocking anecdotes about rude staff on French TripAdvisor), but at least that’s something that can be sorted. In the meantime, the “Début” deal is valid for stays until the end of August, and starts at “just” €750 ($1001) for a superior room and breakfast. After that, they leap to €1095 ($1461). If that's out of your league, cocktails cost around €25.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]